PROTECTED HEALTH CARE COMMISSION

Nichole Sweeney, J.D., Chair (chosen by Commission, 1-year term), 2024

Appointed by Secretary of Health:Diana N. Carvajal, M.D.; Maggie Casey; Lauren A. Harton; Jessica K. Lee, M.D.; Stacey Leigh Rubin, M.D.; one vacancy.

Ex officio: Kimberly S. Cammarata, designee of Attorney General; Michael J. (Ben) Steffen, Executive Director, Maryland Health Care Commission.

Staff: Becky Shasha Bennett


[photo, Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building (view from Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.), 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] c/o Maternal & Child Health Bureau
Maryland Department of Health
Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 695-4446
e-mail: reproductive.health@maryland.gov
web: https://health.maryland.gov/phpa/mch/Pages/Protected-Health-Care-Commission.aspx

Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building (view from Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.), 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2017. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Semi-Annual Report to Secretary of Health (Chapters 248 & 249, Acts of 2023; Code Health-General, sec. 4310).

The Maryland Protected Health Care Commission was authorized by the General Assembly in July 2023 (Chapters 248 & 249, Acts of 2023).

Meeting quarterly, the Commission makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health regarding sensitive health services that should be determined by the Secretary to be legally protected health care.

The Commission is to identify sensitive health services information by diagnosis, procedural, medication or related codes for which disclosure by a health information exchange or electronic health network to a treating provider, business entity, another health information exchange, or another electronic health network would create a substantial risk to patients or health care providers.

In carrying out its work, the Commission may consult with organizations with expertise in: legal issues impacting providers of legally protected health care; consumer health privacy; and health information technology; as wel as other organizations with clinical, policy or legal expertise related to the work of the Commission.

Nine members constitute the Commission. Seven members are appointed by the Secretary of Health, and two serve ex officio. Annually, the Commission chooses the Chair (Code Health-General Article, sec. 4310).

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